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Calendar of Events

JANUARY 2020

Volunteer Trail Crew

Every Tuesday and Thursday | 8am-2pm

Thank you for helping us maintain hiking trails, historical sites, and beaches. Meet at 8:00am at the Park Maintenance Area next to Mongoose Junction. We generally work until 2:00pm. Tools, gloves, ice water and transportation provided.
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Reef Bay Hike

Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday | 8:45am-approx. 3pm | $60

This three mile guided hike of Reef Bay Trail takes about three and one half hours from the trailhead to the beach and ends with a 40-minute boat ride back to the Cruz Bay Visitor Center.
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Seminar Series: Seaside Acrylic Flow Painting

January 7, Tuesday, 11am-1pm | $20 members/$50 non-members

Take inspiration from the ocean and beauty of Trunk Bay. Easy to learn techniques will be demonstrated. All materials will be provided to allow you to create two artworks. Led by retired NPS Ranger Deanna Sommerville.
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Seminar Series: Rums of the Caribbean

January 10, Friday, 3:30pm-5pm | $20 members/$50 non-members | Age 18+

Join us at Bajo el Sol Gallery and Art Bar for an exclusive introduction to the history of rum in the Caribbean including a top shelf aged-rum with a Puerto Rican chocolate pairing hosted by local rum curator Kim Holland.  Our thanks to Bajo el Sol and Kim Holland for generously donating their space and time.
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Seminar Series: Piracy in the Virgin Islands

January 22, Wednesday, 9:45am-3pm | $75 members/$105 non-members

Spend the day aboard m/v Sadie Sea with NPS lead archaeologist Ken Wild and learn about the rich history of piracy here in the Virgin Islands.

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Seminar Series: Traditional Cultural Uses of Plants in the Virgin Islands

January 31, Friday, 9am-11am | Free for members/$30 non-members

Go for a walk in the forest with one of St. John’s leading cultural ambassadors, Delroy “Ital” Anthony, as he shares his vast knowledge of traditional plant uses, natural medicines, and VI history.

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National Park Service Activities

Join these tours by NPS Rangers: 
Wednesday, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Night Sky Program
Friday, 7:30am-9am, Feathers of Francis Bay
Friday, 10am-11am, Sea Turtle Snorkel

For more information on these great opportunities to explore our Park, please visit the Virgin Islands National Park Facebook page, stop by the NPS Visitor Center in Cruz Bay, or call the Visitor Center at (340) 776-6201.

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FEBRUARY 2020

Friends Annual Gala & Golden Raffle

"Rediscovering Our Gifts"
Saturday, February 1, 2020, Cocktails at 6:30pm

Please join us for an elegant evening hosted by David and Rhonda McCay at their home "La Vita" in lower Peter Bay. Gala Ticket price includes fine wines and champagne, dinner by Chef Vincent Alterio, and music by Love City Pan DragonsChasing Hues and In de Sand Band. Plus, an invitation to bid in our incredible live and silent auctions! Additionally, Raffle Tickets and Golden Raffle Tickets are available for purchase-- you do not need to be present at the gala event to win in the raffles!
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Volunteer Trail Crew

Every Tuesday and Thursday | 8am-2pm

Thank you for helping us maintain hiking trails, historical sites, and beaches. Meet at 8:00am at the Park Maintenance Area next to Mongoose Junction. We generally work until 2:00pm. Tools, gloves, ice water and transportation provided.
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Reef Bay Hike

Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday | 8:45am-approx.3pm | $60

This three mile guided hike of Reef Bay Trail takes about three and one half hours from the trailhead to the beach and ends with a 40-minute boat ride back to the Cruz Bay Visitor Center.
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Seminar Series: Coral Bay Ridge to Reef Hike

February 3, Monday, 8am-12pm | Free for members/$30 non-members

Take a hike with Rachel McKinley, Coral Bay Community Council's Environmental Program Manager . Rachel will discuss the ecological issues that face St. John's water and land resources, current projects being undertaken, and the community’s vision for a more sustainable future.
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Seminar Series: Coastal Ecology Boat Trip

February 8, Saturday, 8:30am-3pm | $75 members/$105 non-members

Circumnavigate St. John aboard the m/v Low Key who have generously donated a boat and crew, with special guest speaker Rafe Boulon as he discusses the mangroves, coral reefs, and sea grass beds that surround our island.
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Seminar Series: Archeology by Sea

February 12, Wednesday, 9:45am-3pm | $75 members/$105 non-members

Travel by m/v Sadie Sea along St. John’s beautiful north shore with NPS archaeologist Ken Wild as he presents prehistoric artifacts and discusses the rich history of the Virgin Islands.
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Pop Up Seminar: Marine Mammal Conservation in the Caribbean & Beyond

February 18, Tuesday, 1pm-2:30pm | Free | National Park Visitor Center

Please join us as we welcome guest speaker Dr. Cynthia Smith of the National Marine Mammal Foundation. Dr. Smith will share information on "Marine Mammal Conservation in the Caribbean and Beyond". The event is FREE and open to the public. All are welcome to attend!
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Seminar Series: Island Tour to Drunk Bay Hike & Snorkel

February 22, Saturday, 8am–1pm | $45 members/$75 non-members

Join VI Expedition Co. who has generously donated time and equipment, on a guided tour from Cruz Bay out to John’s Folly where you will spend the morning hiking and exploring the rugged beauty of Drunk Bay, followed by a snorkel stop at Salt Pond.
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Folklife Festival

February 27 and 28, Thursday and Friday, 10am-3:30pm  | Free | National Park Ballfield

This year's theme is "Sharing Plenty" and we hope you will come to learn, enjoy and appreciate the deep roots of cultural heritage on St. John being shared at the event. The event will include dancing, music, food, a celebration of local artisans, their craft and culture! Free for all to enjoy! More details to come! Interested in volunteering or demonstrating? Please contact us! (340) 779-4940 or email info@friendsvinp.org

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Annaberg Culture & Folk Skills

Monday - Friday | 10am-2pm

Stop at Annaberg to take the self-guided trail and learn about local crafts from Park demonstrators. More info here.
Monday-Wednesday, Bread baker and charcoal maker 
Monday-Friday, Gardener
Friday (subject to availability), Basket weaver 

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National Park Service Activities

Join these tours by NPS Rangers: 
Wednesday, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Night Sky Program
Friday, 7:30am-9am, Feathers of Francis Bay
Friday, 10am-11am, Sea Turtle Snorkel
Saturday, 9:30am-10:30am, Waters Edge

For more information on these great opportunities to explore our Park, please visit the Virgin Islands National Park Facebook page, stop by the NPS Visitor Center in Cruz Bay, or call the Visitor Center at (340) 776-6201.

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MARCH 2020

Volunteer Trail Crew

Every Tuesday and Thursday | 8am-2pm

Thank you for helping us maintain hiking trails, historical sites, and beaches. Meet at 8:00am at the Park Maintenance Area next to Mongoose Junction. We generally work until 2:00pm. Tools, gloves, ice water and transportation provided.
Learn More

Reef Bay Hike

Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday | 8:45am-approx.3pm | $60

This three mile guided hike of Reef Bay Trail takes about three and one half hours from the trailhead to the beach and ends with a 40-minute boat ride back to the Cruz Bay Visitor Center.
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Seminar Series: Traditional Cultural Uses of Plants in the Virgin Islands

March 6, Friday, 9am-11am | Free for members/$30 non-members

Go for a walk in the forest with one of St. John’s leading cultural ambassadors, Delroy “Ital” Anthony, as he shares his vast knowledge of traditional plant uses, natural medicines, and VI history.

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Seminar Series: Traditional Steel Pan Class

March 6, Friday, 5pm-6:30pm | Free for members/$30 non-members

Learn the basics of traditional steel pan drumming from the Love City Pan Dragons, who have generously donated their time and expertise. Embrace the music of the Caribbean and the culture of the VI while you practice and play along with one of St. John’s favorite local bands.
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Friends Annual Meeting

March 7, Saturday, 11am-1pm | Annaberg | Free

The January meeting that was cancelled due to weather will now take place on Saturday, March 7. Please join us at Annaberg for the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park Annual Meeting.
 
National Park Service, Friends and community leaders will be in attendance and deliver updates on priorities for the Park in 2020. In addition, a cultural showcase at the event will include bread making, gardening, charcoal making, and basket weaving demonstrations.
 
All those attending the meeting are strongly encouraged to use taxi, shuttles and/or carpool as parking at Annaberg is limited. Parking is not permitted along the road sides or in the taxi drop off area. Friends is providing shuttle service from the Lumberyard parking lot in Cruz Bay. Shuttles will depart at 10:00am and 10:15am, and return at 1:00pm and 1:30pm. For more information, please call (340) 779-4940.
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Seminar Series: Full Moon Hike

March 9, Monday, 5-8pm | Free

Learn about the cultural and natural history of St. John as you hike to the ruins of Murphy’s Great House on the Johnny Horn Trail. As the full moon rises, you’ll witness spectacular moonlit panoramic views of the BVIs and Leinster Bay.
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Seminar Series: Marine Biology Boat Trip

March 14, Saturday, 9am-3pm | $75 members/ $105 non-members

Spend the day cruising around St. John aboard m/v Sadie Sea with NPS marine biologist Jeff Miller. Learn about the ecological threats facing our island’s marine resources and the steps being taken to protect them
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Seminar Series: Booby Rock Snorkel/Sunset Sail

March 22, Sunday, 1:45pm-6:30pm | $75 members/$105 non-members

Join Captain Karl Pytlik, who has generously donated time and equipment.  Join him aboard the S/V Mahiya, a custom built 30’ catamaran, and experience an adventurous and informative snorkel at Booby Rock before sailing around Ram Head Point for sunset.
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Seminar Series: Traditional Cultural Uses of Plants in the Virgin Islands

March 27, Friday, 9am-11am | Free for members/$30 non-members

Go for a walk in the forest with one of St. John’s leading cultural ambassadors, Delroy “Ital” Anthony, as he shares his vast knowledge of traditional plant uses, natural medicines, and VI history.

Book Here

APRIL 2020

Volunteer Trail Crew

Every Tuesday and Thursday | 8am-2pm

Thank you for helping us maintain hiking trails, historical sites, and beaches. Meet at 8:00am at the Park Maintenance Area next to Mongoose Junction. We generally work until 2:00pm. Tools, gloves, ice water and transportation provided.
Learn More

Reef Bay Hike

Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday | 8:45am-approx.3pm | $60

This three mile guided hike of Reef Bay Trail takes about three and one half hours from the trailhead to the beach and ends with a 40-minute boat ride back to the Cruz Bay Visitor Center.
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Ocean Week on St. John

Throughout the month of April

Let's get dirty!  Twice a year in April and October volunteers and sponsors get to work to keep St. John beaches clean! Join one of the awesome teams on this list!  Friends will cleanup Drunk Bay in Virgin Islands National Park on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 and we would welcome more hands on deck! Or adopt a beach that hasn't been adopted with your own crew!
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Seminar Series: Mangrove Snorkeling Boat Trip

April 1, Wednesday, 9am-12pm | $45 members/$75 non-members

Leading researcher and UVI professor, Dr. Caroline Rogers will take you on a guided snorkel among the mangroves of Hurricane Hole and discuss this ecosystem in its post-storm condition.
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Seminar Series: Full Moon Hike

April 7, Tuesday, 5-8pm | Free

Learn about the cultural and natural history of St. John as you hike to the ruins of Murphy’s Great House on the Johnny Horn Trail. As the full moon rises, you’ll witness spectacular moonlit panoramic views of the BVIs and Leinster Bay.
Book Here

Seminar Series: Island Tour to Drunk Bay Hike & Snorkel

April 11, Saturday, 8am–1pm | $45 members/$75 non-members

Join VI Expedition Co.who has generously donated time and equipment, on a guided tour from Cruz Bay out to John’s Folly where you will spend the morning hiking and exploring the rugged beauty of Drunk Bay, followed by a snorkel stop at Salt Pond.
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Seminar Series: Piracy in the Virgin Islands

April 15, Wednesday, 7:45am-12pm | $75 members/$105 non-members

Come aboard s/v Kekoa, who has generously donated time and equipment, for a half-day sail with VINP’s lead archeologist Ken Wild and learn about the rich history of piracy here in the Virgin Islands.

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Seminar Series: Booby Rock Snorkel/Sunset Sail

April 19, Sunday, 1:45pm-6:30pm | $75 members/$105 non-members

Join Captain Karl Pytlik, who has generously donated time and equipment.  Join him aboard the S/V Mahiya, a custom built 30’ catamaran, and experience an adventurous and informative snorkel at Booby Rock before sailing around Ram Head Point for sunset.
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Earth Day Celebration

April 22, Wednesday | Free 

Each year Friends puts together the annual environmental fair commemorating Earth Day.  This event is attended by virtually all school children on St. John as well as many school groups coming over from St. Thomas and focuses on the fields of natural and cultural resources, renewable energy, recycling, reef preservation, and environmental education.

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Seminar Series: Traditional Cultural Uses of Plants in the Virgin Islands

April 24, Friday, 9am-11am | Free for members/$30 non-members

Go for a walk in the forest with one of St. John’s leading cultural ambassadors, Delroy “Ital” Anthony, as he shares his vast knowledge of traditional plant uses, natural medicines, and VI history.

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Seminar Series: Kayak and Snorkel with Sea Turtles at Caneel Bay

April 29, Wednesday, 11am-1pm | $20 members/$50 non-members

Hop on a kayak with VI Ecotours, who has generously donated time and equipment. Paddle with your guide from Honeymoon Beach to Scott Beach. Bring your snorkel gear, because you’ll have the unforgettable experience of swimming with the sea turtles that roam the sea grass beds.
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MAY 2020

Volunteer Trail Crew

Every Tuesday and Thursday | 8am-2pm

Thank you for helping us maintain hiking trails, historical sites, and beaches. Meet at 8:00am at the Park Maintenance Area next to Mongoose Junction. We generally work until 2:00pm. Tools, gloves, ice water and transportation provided.
Learn More

Reef Bay Hike

Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday | 8:45am-approx.3pm | $60

This three mile guided hike of Reef Bay Trail takes about three and one half hours from the trailhead to the beach and ends with a 40-minute boat ride back to the Cruz Bay Visitor Center.
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Seminar Series: Salt Pond Spa

May 6, Wednesday, 3pm–6pm | Free

This a DIY spa experience. Retired NPS Ranger Deanna Sommerville will introduce special features of the salt pond area and demonstrate the traditional uses of the local flora. You will enjoy a natural salt mud treatment and use native leaves and other plants to pamper your body in this exotic environment.
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Seminar Series: Kayak the Mangroves of Hurricane Hole

May 16, Saturday, 10am-3pm | $65 members/$95 non-members 

Join Arawak Expeditions, who has generously donated time and equipment, for a kayak tour through the Coral Reef National Monument; stop along the way to snorkel among the mangroves, reefs, and sea grass beds.
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Seminar Series: Salt Pond Botany and History Excursion

May 20, Wednesday, 9am-11am | Free members, $30 non-members

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to join horticulturalist Eleanor Gibney on a short hike to Drunk Bay where she’ll discuss the dry-land vegetation and the historic context of the salt pond and the cattle plantation era.
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Beach to Beach Power Swim

May 24, Sunday

On Sunday, May 24, 2020 Friends of Virgin Islands National Park hosts the 17th Annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim on St. John.  A fundraiser, the race consists of three courses: Short Course from Maho Bay to Cinnamon Bay (1 mile), Intermediate Course from Maho Bay to Trunk Bay (2¼ miles), and Long Course from Maho to Hawksnest (3½ miles).

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Seminar Series: Traditional Cultural Uses of Plants in the Virgin Islands

May 29, Friday, 9am-11am | Free for members/$30 non-members

Go for a walk in the forest with one of St. John’s leading cultural ambassadors, Delroy “Ital” Anthony, as he shares his vast knowledge of traditional plant uses, natural medicines, and VI history.

Book Here

JUNE 2020

Reef Bay Hike

Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday | 8:45am-approx.3pm | $60

This three mile guided hike of Reef Bay Trail takes about three and one half hours from the trailhead to the beach and ends with a 40-minute boat ride back to the Cruz Bay Visitor Center.
Book Here

Seminar Series: Full Moon Hike

June 5, Friday, 5-8pm | Free

Learn about the cultural and natural history of St. John as you hike to the ruins of Murphy’s Great House on the Johnny Horn Trail. As the full moon rises, you’ll witness spectacular moonlit panoramic views of the BVIs and Leinster Bay.
Book Here

Seminar Series: Hurricane Hole Mangrove Kayaking Tour

June 20, Saturday, 8am-1pm | $65 members/$95 non-members 

Join VI Expedition Co.,who has generously donated time and equipment, on a guided tour from Cruz Bay out to Princess Bay where you will spend the morning kayaking and snorkeling among the mangroves of Hurricane Hole.
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Seminar Series: Traditional Cultural Uses of Plants in the Virgin Islands

June 26, Friday, 9am-11am | Free for members/$30 non-members

Go for a walk in the forest with one of St. John’s leading cultural ambassadors, Delroy “Ital” Anthony, as he shares his vast knowledge of traditional plant uses, natural medicines, and VI history.

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OCTOBER 2020

Ocean Week on St. John

October 10-17, 2020

Join us for Ocean Week on St. John one of our twice a year beach clean ups and help keep our beaches trash free! October's Ocean Week is in conjunction iwth the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup began more than 30 years ago, when communities rallied together with the common goal of collecting and documenting the trash littering their coastline.  That passion for protecting our coastline and marine life is integral to what we do.
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NOVEMBER 2020

Paddle the Park 2020

November 8, Sunday

This unique standup paddleboard race is the perfect way to help the Friends organization raise money for the protection of our marine environment. Held at beautiful Maho Bay, known for its sea turtles, this race offers three different courses, short, open and elite.Plus, there is a youth category so the whole family can have fun and help our turtle and ocean preservation efforts together!
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